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2020-04-27 12:33:43 PM  
I support the braless movement.
 
2020-04-27 12:33:47 PM  
IBTY clubbers, sure. Others? Doesn't seem practical, long term. Maybe they'll be more reduction surgery, but that's not without risks.
 
2020-04-27 12:40:48 PM  
Thanks Hughes.
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2020-04-27 12:40:50 PM  
I'm just ignorant of the fact pattern, here, but why exactly do women wear bras? Is it really just to "cover up" their brazen femininity? Or do bras provide needed "support?"

If they aren't needed for "support" or comfort reasons, why the heck do women continue to wear them?

I've been married 20 years. My wife is, um, "full chested." To this day she apologizes to me on the rare occasion she doesn't wear a bra, saying she "knows it looks bad." I have no idea what she's talking about...simply appears to be female to me.

Anyway, I really don't get it. If they don't provide some "service," then how did bras survive the 1960s?
 
2020-04-27 12:41:26 PM  
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2020-04-27 12:45:23 PM  
You're certainly wearing them to work if asked to return, that I will promise you.
 
2020-04-27 12:48:39 PM  
Women wear bras at home?
 
2020-04-27 12:56:09 PM  
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2020-04-27 1:02:05 PM  
Up to the individual, I'd say.  How much does your back need the help?
 
2020-04-27 1:12:48 PM  

beezeltown: I'm just ignorant of the fact pattern, here, but why exactly do women wear bras? Is it really just to "cover up" their brazen femininity? Or do bras provide needed "support?"

If they aren't needed for "support" or comfort reasons, why the heck do women continue to wear them?

I've been married 20 years. My wife is, um, "full chested." To this day she apologizes to me on the rare occasion she doesn't wear a bra, saying she "knows it looks bad." I have no idea what she's talking about...simply appears to be female to me.

Anyway, I really don't get it. If they don't provide some "service," then how did bras survive the 1960s?


Because women above a certain size would rather not have two weights constantly trying to unbalance them.  Tape two gallon jugs to your chest - but only at one end, not a the halfway point).  Now go do things.  See what that feels like.
My wife puts hers on first thing in the morning because she would rather not be a practical experiment of the 3 body problem every time she shifts in her chair.

Now, below a certain size, they are decoration, so those girls don't need bras.
 
2020-04-27 1:17:10 PM  
Yes, especially on their daily walk.
 
2020-04-27 1:18:51 PM  
Now you whippersnappers will come to appreciate what we olds enjoyed coming of age around 1970.
 
2020-04-27 1:56:07 PM  
I am willing to provide my support. From behind, with my warm, clean moisturized hands
 
2020-04-27 2:28:43 PM  
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2020-04-27 2:35:10 PM  

edmo: Now you whippersnappers will come to appreciate what we olds enjoyed coming of age around 1970.


I was the perfect age for tube tops to be the fashion.

I miss tube tops and low rider bell bottom jeans.
 
2020-04-27 3:40:31 PM  
Of course they should.  Right after Mrs. hippie retired (obviously the same as now, not going to work/working from home) the bras' were put away and never came back out again. She was very happy for that and made life that much more comfortable for her.
 
2020-04-27 4:03:31 PM  

phalamir: beezeltown: I'm just ignorant of the fact pattern, here, but why exactly do women wear bras? Is it really just to "cover up" their brazen femininity? Or do bras provide needed "support?"

If they aren't needed for "support" or comfort reasons, why the heck do women continue to wear them?

I've been married 20 years. My wife is, um, "full chested." To this day she apologizes to me on the rare occasion she doesn't wear a bra, saying she "knows it looks bad." I have no idea what she's talking about...simply appears to be female to me.

Anyway, I really don't get it. If they don't provide some "service," then how did bras survive the 1960s?

Because women above a certain size would rather not have two weights constantly trying to unbalance them.  Tape two gallon jugs to your chest - but only at one end, not a the halfway point).  Now go do things.  See what that feels like.
My wife puts hers on first thing in the morning because she would rather not be a practical experiment of the 3 body problem every time she shifts in her chair.

Now, below a certain size, they are decoration, so those girls don't need bras.


Any actual females care to weigh in?

(Not disputing your personal experience with boob weight, sir, but maybe someone "expected" to wear a bra can shed some light, here...)
 
2020-04-27 4:08:49 PM  
beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.
 
2020-04-27 4:15:33 PM  

beezeltown: I'm just ignorant of the fact pattern, here, but why exactly do women wear bras? Is it really just to "cover up" their brazen femininity? Or do bras provide needed "support?"

If they aren't needed for "support" or comfort reasons, why the heck do women continue to wear them?

I've been married 20 years. My wife is, um, "full chested." To this day she apologizes to me on the rare occasion she doesn't wear a bra, saying she "knows it looks bad." I have no idea what she's talking about...simply appears to be female to me.

Anyway, I really don't get it. If they don't provide some "service," then how did bras survive the 1960s?


I'm "full-busted." My clothes just look and fit better when I wear a bra.

Also, it's really more comfortable and better for my skin health... if they're just "free to be" they get all sweaty and eventually I get a rash. It's gross and uncomfortable.
 
2020-04-27 4:17:44 PM  
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When girls with small breasts don't put on a bra they're like "Hee hee! I'm so lazy" but when I do it they're like SLOPPY LUNATIC INJURES DOZENS IN SUPERMARKET
6:17 PM · Apr 15, 2020·Twitter Web App
 
2020-04-27 4:20:48 PM  

beezeltown: phalamir: beezeltown: I'm just ignorant of the fact pattern, here, but why exactly do women wear bras? Is it really just to "cover up" their brazen femininity? Or do bras provide needed "support?"

If they aren't needed for "support" or comfort reasons, why the heck do women continue to wear them?

I've been married 20 years. My wife is, um, "full chested." To this day she apologizes to me on the rare occasion she doesn't wear a bra, saying she "knows it looks bad." I have no idea what she's talking about...simply appears to be female to me.

Anyway, I really don't get it. If they don't provide some "service," then how did bras survive the 1960s?

Because women above a certain size would rather not have two weights constantly trying to unbalance them.  Tape two gallon jugs to your chest - but only at one end, not a the halfway point).  Now go do things.  See what that feels like.
My wife puts hers on first thing in the morning because she would rather not be a practical experiment of the 3 body problem every time she shifts in her chair.

Now, below a certain size, they are decoration, so those girls don't need bras.

Any actual females care to weigh in?

(Not disputing your personal experience with boob weight, sir, but maybe someone "expected" to wear a bra can shed some light, here...)


They keep you from bouncing around all the time and as Needlessly Complicated pointed out, they make clothes fit better. Also for a certain amount of modesty. People tend to stare.
 
2020-04-27 4:21:48 PM  

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Julieanne Smolinski

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When girls with small breasts don't put on a bra they're like "Hee hee! I'm so lazy" but when I do it they're like SLOPPY LUNATIC INJURES DOZENS IN SUPERMARKET
6:17 PM · Apr 15, 2020·Twitter Web App


Name checks out.
 
2020-04-27 4:25:05 PM  

blondambition: beezeltown: phalamir: beezeltown: I'm just ignorant of the fact pattern, here, but why exactly do women wear bras? Is it really just to "cover up" their brazen femininity? Or do bras provide needed "support?"

If they aren't needed for "support" or comfort reasons, why the heck do women continue to wear them?

I've been married 20 years. My wife is, um, "full chested." To this day she apologizes to me on the rare occasion she doesn't wear a bra, saying she "knows it looks bad." I have no idea what she's talking about...simply appears to be female to me.

Anyway, I really don't get it. If they don't provide some "service," then how did bras survive the 1960s?

Because women above a certain size would rather not have two weights constantly trying to unbalance them.  Tape two gallon jugs to your chest - but only at one end, not a the halfway point).  Now go do things.  See what that feels like.
My wife puts hers on first thing in the morning because she would rather not be a practical experiment of the 3 body problem every time she shifts in her chair.

Now, below a certain size, they are decoration, so those girls don't need bras.

Any actual females care to weigh in?

(Not disputing your personal experience with boob weight, sir, but maybe someone "expected" to wear a bra can shed some light, here...)

They keep you from bouncing around all the time and as Needlessly Complicated pointed out, they make clothes fit better. Also for a certain amount of modesty. People tend to stare.


Thanks. Good to know it's not solely puritanical brow beating.
 
2020-04-27 4:26:54 PM  
I'm sort of in-between, not a member of the IBTC but not Dolly so I can go bra-free for a day but two days in a row and my breasts hurt. I don't/won't wear an underwire on a regular basis because they all fall to 'uncomfortable to hurtful'  for me but I have a few lacy/pretty dressy bras with them. I prefer a t-shirt bra or a bralette, just some support. I often have to buy a 36 to get the correct cup size and cut the band down because the cup in a 34 is often too small or I can't find any in a D.

A bikini top is perfect, not much to it but lots of stretchy support and not as 'binding' as a sports bra. But I love a sports bra when I ride horseback, that binding effect is perfect then. I liked it when they started selling bathing suits by the piece, it became more affordable to buy just the top rather than buying the whole suit.

I have Military nipples at the slightest bit of cold and I don't care. I don't care that they show through and I don't care that everyone can see them, hell, I've had them show through while wearing a bra. I also won't buy a bra that has padding because I don't need it and I'll cut it out if that's all I can find.

I have friends that run from 'looks like a twelve-year-old boy' to 'Whoa Dolly' and I'm perfectly happy where I am. I also don't care if other people wear them or not. I know one gal that is in the Dolly realm, she won't go without a bra even at night, then she wears a sports bra and she's said numerous times she wished they made a 'shower bra'.

I don't think bras are going to disappear and who knows if they will become less common in the future but it's not the big deal that goofy fashion magazines are going to make it or try to make it
 
2020-04-27 4:30:17 PM  

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Julieanne Smolinski

@BoobsRadley
When girls with small breasts don't put on a bra they're like "Hee hee! I'm so lazy" but when I do it they're like SLOPPY LUNATIC INJURES DOZENS IN SUPERMARKET
6:17 PM · Apr 15, 2020·Twitter Web App

Name checks out.


I'm also a hit in defenestration threads.
 
2020-04-27 4:33:55 PM  
Article followed by ads for $520 bras.
 
2020-04-27 5:07:13 PM  
Some women need to wear bras to avoid a wide variety of physical ailments, up to and including significant back injury (my sister-in-law and several family friends all opted for breast-reduction surgery in their 30s, for example). Some women find them comfortable, even if not strictly medically necessary. No one else has any business expressing an opinion in the matter.
 
2020-04-27 5:19:44 PM  

phalamir: Because women above a certain size would rather not have two weights constantly trying to unbalance them.  Tape two gallon jugs to your chest - but only at one end, not a the halfway point).  Now go do things.  See what that feels like.
My wife puts hers on first thing in the morning



She puts on her gallon jugs first thing in the morning? O_o
 
2020-04-27 5:28:55 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: phalamir: Because women above a certain size would rather not have two weights constantly trying to unbalance them.  Tape two gallon jugs to your chest - but only at one end, not a the halfway point).  Now go do things.  See what that feels like.
My wife puts hers on first thing in the morning


She puts on her gallon jugs first thing in the morning? O_o


No,she puts hers on first thing she sees in the morning
/Cat maybe
 
2020-04-27 5:30:19 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: I'm "full-busted."


That's a farkie if I ever saw one.
 
2020-04-27 5:38:46 PM  
They prevent a lot of pew pew.  Whether that is a service or a disservice would need to be determined on a case by case basis.
 
2020-04-27 5:45:01 PM  
A fashion magazine using examples from the fashion industry to draw conclusions for the rest of society is the definition of being up one's own ass.
 
2020-04-27 5:45:13 PM  
sometimes i wonder why i even come in these threads anymore

(. .  )
 
2020-04-27 6:07:32 PM  
I'm on my period right now
 
2020-04-27 6:29:18 PM  

Isitoveryet: sometimes i wonder why i even come in these threads anymore

(. .  )


The hockey playoff threads are more fruitful for those kinda things.
 
2020-04-27 6:46:04 PM  

Heamer: beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.


Friend of mine borders on E and hit F during pregnancy.  Her bras were the only thing keeping her upright.
 
2020-04-27 6:53:13 PM  
That is a decision only the lady can answer.
 
2020-04-27 7:10:08 PM  

born_yesterday: Needlessly Complicated: I'm "full-busted."

That's a farkie if I ever saw one.


I wish I could take credit for that turn of phrase.

/I assume if anyone has me farkied as anything, it's as "that mouthy b**tch from the Politics tab."
 
2020-04-27 7:18:45 PM  

Flappyhead: Heamer: beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.

Friend of mine borders on E and hit F during pregnancy.  Her bras were the only thing keeping her upright.


I was ecstatic when the wife's pregnancy boobs went up to a B. But they hurt and I wasn't allowed to touch them, so it was a lateral move.
 
2020-04-27 7:26:48 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: born_yesterday: Needlessly Complicated: I'm "full-busted."

That's a farkie if I ever saw one.

I wish I could take credit for that turn of phrase.

/I assume if anyone has me farkied as anything, it's as "that mouthy b**tch from the Politics tab."


I have you as "a fun one"
 
2020-04-27 7:41:36 PM  

FrancoFile: Article followed by ads for $520 bras.


Yeah, I saw that.

Wonder what the market is like for $599 knitted boxer briefs for guys? At that price, could you get individual "cup" sizes? And 'dressing' left or right...
 
2020-04-27 8:01:03 PM  

Flappyhead: Heamer: beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.

Friend of mine borders on E and hit F during pregnancy.  Her bras were the only thing keeping her upright.


Can I say something real quick about this? Bra sizes in the US are bad, and they should feel bad. F and G cups are big, but they aren't the enormous gazongas you think they are. These cup sizes are actually pretty common. UK sizing is a bit more granular than US sizing. I can fit in a 32G Fantasie bra, but the G cup in a Wacoal is way too small. The issue in the US is that you go to a Victoria's Secret, the largest cup size they have is a DDD, but they don't care if a bra fits you, they just want to sell you a bra. So they'll put a G cup girl in a 36DDD when their size is more likely a 32 or 34 F or G. And, lo and behold, the bra doesn't hold you because the support comes from the band, not the cups or the straps, and that band is way too big. And for that size of chest, if you go down a band size, the cup size is gonna have to go up. (And now we can no longer buy bras at VS... womp womp.)

I wear a 32GG bra UK sized, normally (varies by brand and type of bra, molded cups tend to run smaller than fabric cups) (and don't bother clicking my profile, you are going to be disappointed). The band is 32 and the cup size is generally more a factor of volume than projection. On the whole, my chest with a bra on at its widest point is about 38.5 inches (I'm not thin, but I'm a bit overweight, I wear a US size 10.) If I'm wearing a bra that fits properly, I look like I have a normal-size chest. Also, how big breasts look on someone in particular also depends on the size of their frame. (My frame is probably a bit wider than Flappyhead's falling-over friend.)

/Yes, this is my yearly bra size soapbox.
//I've said too much.
 
2020-04-27 8:07:12 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Flappyhead: Heamer: beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.

Friend of mine borders on E and hit F during pregnancy.  Her bras were the only thing keeping her upright.

Can I say something real quick about this? Bra sizes in the US are bad, and they should feel bad. F and G cups are big, but they aren't the enormous gazongas you think they are. These cup sizes are actually pretty common. UK sizing is a bit more granular than US sizing. I can fit in a 32G Fantasie bra, but the G cup in a Wacoal is way too small. The issue in the US is that you go to a Victoria's Secret, the largest cup size they have is a DDD, but they don't care if a bra fits you, they just want to sell you a bra. So they'll put a G cup girl in a 36DDD when their size is more likely a 32 or 34 F or G. And, lo and behold, the bra doesn't hold you because the support comes from the band, not the cups or the straps, and that band is way too big. And for that size of chest, if you go down a band size, the cup size is gonna have to go up. (And now we can no longer buy bras at VS... womp womp.)

I wear a 32GG bra UK sized, normally (varies by brand and type of bra, molded cups tend to run smaller than fabric cups) (and don't bother clicking my profile, you are going to be disappointed). The band is 32 and the cup size is generally more a factor of volume than projection. On the whole, my chest with a bra on at its widest point is about 38.5 inches (I'm not thin, but I'm a bit overweight, I wear a US size 10.) If I'm wearing a bra that fits properly, I look like I have a normal-size chest. Also, how big breasts look on someone in particular also depends on the size of their frame. (My frame is probably a bit wider than Flappyhead's falling-over friend.)

/Yes, this is my yearly bra size soapbox.
//I've said too much.



"Bra Size Soapbox" is the name of my protest-song Plain White Tees cover band.
 
2020-04-27 8:12:55 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Flappyhead: Heamer: beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.

Friend of mine borders on E and hit F during pregnancy.  Her bras were the only thing keeping her upright.

Can I say something real quick about this? Bra sizes in the US are bad, and they should feel bad. F and G cups are big, but they aren't the enormous gazongas you think they are. These cup sizes are actually pretty common. UK sizing is a bit more granular than US sizing. I can fit in a 32G Fantasie bra, but the G cup in a Wacoal is way too small. The issue in the US is that you go to a Victoria's Secret, the largest cup size they have is a DDD, but they don't care if a bra fits you, they just want to sell you a bra. So they'll put a G cup girl in a 36DDD when their size is more likely a 32 or 34 F or G. And, lo and behold, the bra doesn't hold you because the support comes from the band, not the cups or the straps, and that band is way too big. And for that size of chest, if you go down a band size, the cup size is gonna have to go up. (And now we can no longer buy bras at VS... womp womp.)

I wear a 32GG bra UK sized, normally (varies by brand and type of bra, molded cups tend to run smaller than fabric cups) (and don't bother clicking my profile, you are going to be disappointed). The band is 32 and the cup size is generally more a factor of volume than projection. On the whole, my chest with a bra on at its widest point is about 38.5 inches (I'm not thin, but I'm a bit overweight, I wear a US size 10.) If I'm wearing a bra that fits properly, I look like I have a normal-size chest. Also, how big breasts look on someone in particular also depends on the size of their frame. (My frame is probably a bit wider than Flappyhead's falling-over friend.)

/Yes, this is my yearly bra size soapbox.
//I've said too much.


♫You may said too much, but you took your chances
'cause S.H. Camp stopped keeping score♫
 
2020-04-27 8:22:12 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Can I say something real quick about this? Bra sizes in the US are bad, and they should feel bad.


You're absolutely right. I read the rest of your post as well, and feel compelled to mention that I was with the woman in my aforementioned post when she went to get her custom-fit bra at Les Cent Culottes (NSFW), which unfortunately closed last year. You're in the Bay Area; you might be familiar with it. It was there that I learned from the store attendant more about proper bra sizing than I ever thought there was to know. I left while my then-girlfriend went through the actual process, and afterwards was when she told me the size they ultimately landed on. She had no idea up to that point that she was a G cup, and had been trying to find a proper-fitting bra for years. The struggle is all too real for the aptly-named "full-busted" women out there; I don't know how you do it.
 
2020-04-27 8:23:47 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Flappyhead: Heamer: beezeltown: Or do bras provide needed "support?"

I dated a woman for two years who wore a custom-fit 32G bra. The answer is yes, to provide support.

Friend of mine borders on E and hit F during pregnancy.  Her bras were the only thing keeping her upright.

Can I say something real quick about this? Bra sizes in the US are bad, and they should feel bad. F and G cups are big, but they aren't the enormous gazongas you think they are. These cup sizes are actually pretty common. UK sizing is a bit more granular than US sizing. I can fit in a 32G Fantasie bra, but the G cup in a Wacoal is way too small. The issue in the US is that you go to a Victoria's Secret, the largest cup size they have is a DDD, but they don't care if a bra fits you, they just want to sell you a bra. So they'll put a G cup girl in a 36DDD when their size is more likely a 32 or 34 F or G. And, lo and behold, the bra doesn't hold you because the support comes from the band, not the cups or the straps, and that band is way too big. And for that size of chest, if you go down a band size, the cup size is gonna have to go up. (And now we can no longer buy bras at VS... womp womp.)

I wear a 32GG bra UK sized, normally (varies by brand and type of bra, molded cups tend to run smaller than fabric cups) (and don't bother clicking my profile, you are going to be disappointed). The band is 32 and the cup size is generally more a factor of volume than projection. On the whole, my chest with a bra on at its widest point is about 38.5 inches (I'm not thin, but I'm a bit overweight, I wear a US size 10.) If I'm wearing a bra that fits properly, I look like I have a normal-size chest. Also, how big breasts look on someone in particular also depends on the size of their frame. (My frame is probably a bit wider than Flappyhead's falling-over friend.)

/Yes, this is my yearly bra size soapbox.
//I've said too much.


Thanks for saying that.

tl;dr summary: If your bra is uncomfortable it's probably the wrong size.Do yourself a favour and get properly fitted.

A well fitted bra is far more comfortable than going braless.

*The exception is all those people with small cup sizes, just do what you want, you don't actually have anything that needs support in the first place.
 
2020-04-27 8:29:53 PM  

dionysusaur: Needlessly Complicated: born_yesterday: Needlessly Complicated: I'm "full-busted."

That's a farkie if I ever saw one.

I wish I could take credit for that turn of phrase.

/I assume if anyone has me farkied as anything, it's as "that mouthy b**tch from the Politics tab."

I have you as "a fun one"


Aaaawww, you're so nice.
 
2020-04-27 9:03:27 PM  
 
2020-04-27 10:07:22 PM  
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2020-04-28 12:04:19 AM  
Heamer:
You're absolutely right. I read the rest of your post as well, and feel compelled to mention that I was with the woman in my aforementioned post when she went to get her custom-fit bra at Les Cent Culottes (NSFW), which unfortunately closed last year. You're in the Bay Area; you might be familiar with it.

I am not, but I haven't lived here very long. I had gotten fitted many years ago at an independent bra shop in the greater Chicagoland area and I have to say, it changed my life.

I have to say as an additional tip for the flummoxed ladies out there with strap dig-in and back pain, r/abrathatfits is an excellent resource for bra fitting.

The struggle is all too real for the aptly-named "full-busted" women out there; I don't know how you do it.

You learn to ignore the staring, for starters :)
 
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